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Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Because my daughter was delayed entry, she left yesterday for Newark. They had her in an overnight hotel stay. She text me at 3 AM saying "Welp I leave today idk if I will have access to my phone by the time you get up so, I love you, Mom."

I know they were to take her to the airport today to fly out to BC. 
All of these weeks I held in the worry and built my daughter's confidence, but the minute she walked out the door, I bawled my eyes out. 
So many emotions right now. It isn't about her being in the Navy. It is the fact that she is grown now and on her own. It happened too fast! Sure, I have been through this four times before her with her siblings moving out, but it never gets easy. 

I think I am going to hold my last two tighter and plead with them not to grow so fast.

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Yeah, walking away from the hotel dropoff where our son was staying before flying to BC was horrible and surreal.. Emotional rollercoaster.. doesn't let you off any time soon.. we are here for and with you. having gone through it too.. It does get better or I got better at dealing but still backslide regularly.. BigNavyMomHugs.

I have to get used to this. I am sure as time passes, my emotions will settle.

Thank you :)

When my son left, it was a relief that he had made a decision and is going forward with his life plans. That is what I convinced myself at first. We all miss him very much and are eagerly awaiting his PIR.

Oh, he's my last kid. It was difficult after we got home from dropping him off, because the house seems so different without the 5th member to be present at home.It's tough at first, but as the letters start coming and she shares her BC experiences, talks about the friendships she's made and her accomplishments, it gets better. You feel proud of the accomplishment and growth of our future sailors.

Hang in there!

Valkyrie, I like your avatar! Great job!! - You have definitely jumped on the emotional roller coaster!! My son left the month after his high school graduation. We have been blessed to have had him home at times, and life is not the same. But in these last almost 6 years, there has been a lot that has happened in his life and in our lives, that we just keep moving forward. I am thankful for telephones, for screen time options and just for those Momma prayers. 

We are here to support and encourage you. 


It makes me realize how wonderful it is to have support and people that understand you.

You are awesome!

Love this <3

Valkyrie - We just experienced this for the first time last summer when our son left for BC 4 days after he turned 18. They still seem so young - almost too young to be doing what they're doing - but in our case (and probably yours) he was SO ready for the next thing. BC goes by pretty quickly, and before you know it you'll be hugging your daughter again. I wish her, and your whole family, well in this Navy journey!

Thank you!
YES! That is exactly the feeling. She is still my baby :(
And to be honest we have grown so much closer since her older siblings moved out a few years ago. We went through some really challenging times together and our bond is insane.

 Valkyrie - I'm so glad you found this website.  The ladies in the Bootcamp group were a LIFESAVER for me when my son went to BC in 2021.  Bootcamp feels like it takes FOREVER, but like joe-mom said, you will be able to hug your daughter soon and it will be amazing!  Big Hugs to you!

Thank you so much 

Also, be sure to join the Moms of Daughters 2 group.  Here's the link:

Moms of Daughters 2


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